Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Funny Thing About Language

I love ambiguous headlines. This one from Fox News reads: Skydiver Dies in Second Fatal Jump at Virginia Airport.

The obvious meaning is that there was a previous fatal jump at that airport. The other meaning would be that this is the second fatal jump of the skydiver. Obviously that cannot be the case but it's still funny if you read it that way. Though I'm guessing that it's not too funny for the skydiver.

What was the last thing that went through that skydivers mind as she hit the ground? Her nose.

Why don't blind people skydive? It scares the dogs to death!

If you're skydiving and neither of your chutes open, how long before you hit the ground? The rest of your life!

And the pic is one of my favorites from Despair, Inc.